You wouldn’t expect a veteran team like the Detroit Pistons to panic after losing the first game of the Eastern Conference finals to the Celtics last night and they weren’t prior to practicing today at Emerson College’s Piano Gymnasium.
Detroit oozed a quiet confidence and both point guard Chauncey Billups and head coach Flip Saunders indicated that the Pistons needed to be more efficient on both ends of the court against Boston.
“On the pick and rolls at the point of attack we have to be a lot more aggressive, especially with Paul [Pierce],” said Billups. “He played good, and he’s a great player, but he had it a little too easy yesterday. KG played well. They’re great players and they’re going to figure out a way of being effective, but I think we have to make them work a lot harder than that.”
Billups said he felt fine following his first game back from the strained right hamstring he suffered against the Orlando Magic. He was wearing black compression tights to keep the hamstring warm and loose. Billups said he plans to be more aggressive offensively in Game 2 tomorrow night at TD Banknorth Garden.
Meanwhile, Saunders singled out turnovers as an offensive area where Detroit needs to improve. The Pistons turned the ball over 13 times in Game 1.
“We turned the ball over too much. We beat ourselves,” said Saunders. “We came off a playoff low of three turnovers and have seven turnovers in the third quarter. When it’s a close game, and we turn it over seven times we don’t give ourselves a chance.”